Sitharaman, however, did not agree to easing the restrictions. She jokingly asked senior PIB officials if they had allowed her to be “gheraoed” because she asked for a press conference at short notice.
Now that Sonia Gandhi has taken over as Congress president again, will she bring in one of her trusted lieutenants to the key post of organisational general secretary, replacing K C Venugopal who was appointed during Rahul Gandhi’s tenure?
Before a regular president is elected, at least 50 per cent of the state units should have completed their respective state elections. This is a tight window, given that the party’s membership drive, which started on July 6, has been extended till August 20.
After Mayawati picked Girish Chandra, party MP from Nagina, to speak on the historic debate on Article 370 in Lok Sabha, the BSP chief has now appointed Jaunpur MP Shyam Singh Yadav as leader of the party in Lok Sabha.
The absence of Farooq Abdullah, the Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar, from the House was disconcerting for some Opposition MPs. DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran was seen going through rulebooks and consulting RSP’s N K Premachandran before raising a point of order.